Ultimate Comics: X-Men #9
By Zak Edwards
March 14, 2012 - 21:39
Writer(s): Nick Spencer
Penciller(s): Paco Medina
Inker(s): Juan Vlasco
Colourist(s): Marte Garcia
Letterer(s): Joe Sabino
Cover Artist(s): Kaare Andrews
Here is the very core issue with Ultimate X-Men: The X-Men franchise can and should be about ideas; the power of these ideas, the power of differing ideologies, and the strength and strife that emerges from differences in opinion. Ultimate X-Men is no longer about ideas. Early on, writer Nick Spencer seemed to make the renewed Ultimate X-Men about this and took the deepest rooted ideas of X-Men and gave them, along with some make-up, another looking over. Unfortunately, there seems to be something missing.
Ultimate X-Men also happens to be the worst looking Ultimate book on the shelf, if not one of the worst period. I can understand the draw of Paco Medina for editors who are more focused on selling books filled with stranger proportions and poses than even the most gifted contortionist porn star, but it really becomes tired very quickly. To his credit, Medina seems to do this less in this issue, but that, I feel, has more to do with the lack of female characters than anything else. Spencer is even distancing himself, the book is quite exposition heavy, needlessly so, to the point that the cracks are showing, as if Spencer doesn’t trust Medina’s art. Even when he is given some space to draw, near the end of the issue where Storm shaves her head, all I could do was wait to roll my eyes as a mohawk Storm emerges. Fortunately, the book hasn’t fallen this far, but the Stacey X (where I believe the ‘X’ stands for “X-Treme Unibrow") character design suggests it’s well on its way. All we have to do is wait.
Grade: D The excitement is gone, the promise unfulfilled, and mediocrity remains.
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